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News impacting Duval, Baker, Nassau, St. Johns and Clay counties.

Police Continue Search For UNF Student Missing Since Campus Party Sunday

Feb 14, 2017
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George Louissaint via Facebook

The search for a missing University of North Florida student intensified Tuesday as police expanded their efforts to find 20-year-old George Louissaint Jr., with between 100 and 150 officers, recruits and corrections recruits from training academies involved in the search.

Narrow streets and high congestion in St. Augustine’s historic district continue to contribute to tensions felt between street artists and the city, which wants to limit their performances.

Jacksonville Passes LGBT-Inclusive HRO, 12-6

Feb 13, 2017
Lindsay Kilbride / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council  approved updating the city's human rights ordinances to include LGBT protections.

The bill passed by a 12-6 vote.  Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry took no action, resulting in the bill becoming law. 

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The Jacksonville City Council is set to decide Tuesday whether to bolster the city’s program for ensuring workforce diversity at public agencies.

The proposed update to the “Equal Opportunity” program won the approval of two city council committees last week. But that doesn't mean it has a good chance at final passage.


Former Central Intelligence Agency operative and local author T. L. Williams said government leaders are overlooking a national security threat.

Jacksonville Firefighters, Police Reach Tentative Pension Deal With City

Feb 13, 2017
Ryan Benk

The Fraternal Order of Police and the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters agreed to a tentative deal Saturday to reform the city's pension system.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

It’s easier than ever for needy Clay County students to get clothing.

That’s after a Jacksonville-based nonprofit opened a clothes closet Friday at Orange Park High School.


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Clay County Health Department Officials are spreading the word: If you haven’t gotten your flu shot, now’s the time.

Northeast Florida, like most of the nation, is currently experiencing an elevated number of flu cases.


Dog Cafes are popping up all over the world — from Japan to Canada, and even in the Philippines. Customers can play with dogs while drinking coffee and even having a snack. They’re part of a trend of eateries where individuals can adopt an animal.

Now a Jacksonville non-profit is creating it’s own version of a dog cafe with adoptable pooches.

 

 


Engineer: El Faro Met All Federal Guidelines Before Setting Sail

Feb 10, 2017
TOTE Maritime

An engineer with the American Bureau of Shipping testified Thursday the sunken El Faro ship met all guidelines before it sailed in September of 2015.

That contradicts some previous testimony from one naval architect.

After “Joanne the Scammer crashed” the MTV Video Music Awards last year, a few people on the internet wondered who she is. Since then, 25-year-old Branden Miller took over social media with his creation of internet personality on Youtube, “Joanne the Scammer.”

Bonnie Zerr / WJCT

On this episode of Redux, Jacksonvillians weigh in on the contentious debate over expanding the city’s human rights ordinance to include protecting the rights of LGBT folks. 

Then, little more than a year ago, Hurricane Joaquin slammed into the SS El Faro, sinking the cargo ship and killing all 33 people aboard.

While 28 families have since settled, we have an update on the five remaining families and their attempt to bring a civil lawsuit against the ship’s owner.

We also bring you the latest on a workforce diversity bill, which was prompted by a WJCT investigation, and the IceMen cometh to Jacksonville.


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OCEARCH

Internationally renowned research organization OCEARCH is making Jacksonville University its academic home. The two organizations are partnering to allow students to participate in real-world marine science research.


Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council is expected to approve new park regulations and strengthen enforcement of them at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Jacksonville police have been banning people from parks only for crimes listed in the city’s code, like sexual battery and prostitution. But officers have said that limits their ability to enforce park rules because other crimes aren't listed.


NPR

Executives who ran the company that owned and operated the cargo ship El Faro will testify about the ship’s operation as the company seeks to limit its liability in federal court.

That’s after a judge’s ruling Wednesday.  

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